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💭 REST API Explained for Beginners | XS’ Issue #23

💭 REST API Explained for Beginners | XS’ Issue #23
By Esat from Experience Stack • Issue #23 • View online

An Introduction to REST API for Non-Technical People
REpresentational State Transfer
An API, or application programming interface, is a set of rules that define how applications or devices can connect to and communicate with each other.
A REST API is an API that conforms to the design principles of the REST, or representational state transfer architectural style.
REST gives developers a great amount of flexibility and freedom.
This flexibility is only one of the reasons REST APIs have become a popular approach for integrating components and applications in a microservices architecture.
REST Design Principles
REST APIs can be written in almost any programming language and handle a wide range of data formats. One condition is that they follow the six REST design principles, often known as architectural constraints:
  1. Uniform Interface → No matter where the request originates from, all API requests for the same resource should appear the same.
  2. Separation of Client and Server → The implementation of the client and the implementation of the server in the REST architectural style can be done independently of one another. This implies that the client code can be modified at any moment without impacting the server’s operation, and the server code may be changed without affecting the client’s operation.
  3. Statelessness → REST-based systems are stateless, which means that the server does not need to know what state the client is in or vice versa. In this manner, both the server and the client can comprehend any message received, even if they have not seen earlier messages.
  4. Cacheability → Resources should be cacheable on the client or server-side wherever possible.
  5. Layered System Architecture → REST API requests and answers pass via many levels. As a general guideline, don’t presume that the client and server apps will connect directly. There might be many intermediaries in the communication loop.
  6. Code On Demand → REST APIs typically deliver static resources, but in certain circumstances, responses may include executable code.
Rounding Up the Stack
Each week, we try to read, listen to, and watch tens of blog posts (if not more than a hundred), guides, podcasts, videos, webinars, and any means of content to deliver you the best content from the last week.
These are the content from last week that we enjoyed reading and caught our attention:
Blog Posts
  • In Uncertain Markets, Businesses Invest in Data
The more volatile the economy, the more valuable data becomes:
  • The Marketers Guide to Facebook Conversion API
Maximize Facebook ROI through a best-in-class integration strategy leveraging Facebook’s Conversion API:
  • Harnessing the Power of Moments
In this blog, you’ll look at how the experience economy came to life – plus examples of what brands have done to harness the power of moments:
  • Ship Your Contentful Website Faster with Incremental Architecture
For anyone building a website today, the same question arises time and again. How do we build sites with a great architecture that works well for the teams that have to use it every day? For all the tech leads out there grappling with the same question, this post is for you:
  • Connected Customers, Connected Data, Connected Journeys
Connected customers expect seamless, consistent, and personalized experiences across various channels and touchpoints:
Podcast Episodes
In this week’s episode of Data Unlocked, Jason sits down with Peter Bailis, founder and CEO of Sisu Data:
Data Unlocked
Data Unlocked
  • Database Accessibility with Peter Pistorius of Snaplet
In episode 102 of JAMstack Radio, Brian chats with Peter Pistorius of Snaplet. Together they share lessons for making databases more accessible, improving developer workflow, solving problems in the open, and moving beyond seed scripts:
JAMstack Radio
JAMstack Radio
Videos and Webinars
  • How Vendasta Went All-In On Product-Led Growth
Chief Strategy Officer Jacqueline Cook from Vendasta shows us how they took a complex platform and injected a product-led growth strategy:
How Vendasta Went All-In On Product-Led Growth
How Vendasta Went All-In On Product-Led Growth
Guides, Case Studies, and Reports
  • 7 Exciting Customer Experience (CX) Trends to Watch for in 2022
In this guide, you’ll take a look at some of the most promising digital customer experience trends for 2022. You’ll also read how you can prepare your business to take advantage of these trends.
Upcoming Events and Webinars
  • Hands On with Contentful and Ninetailed
In this lesson, you’re going to get into a hands-on personalization experience with Ninetailed and Contentful. Throughout the lesson, you’ll learn how to set up personalization campaigns within Contentful, create audiences for your campaigns, attach audiences and variants to each other, and many more:
🗓 Thursday, June 16, 2022 @ 7.30 am PDT / 4.30 pm CET
That’s it from our side.
Hope you’ll enjoy the content presented above.
Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or feedback. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us by replying to one of the emails or emailing directly to me via [email protected]
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Till next time 😉
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